Miami Law places players in the five-o-clock shadow of hard-boiled cop-on-the-edge Law Martin
- Clever dialogue, solid character work
- Tedious gameplay, repetitive mini-games
Weighing in at five cases, Miami Law isn't a terribly long game nor is it terribly original, but for what it is — a rather mindless police point and click — it's a decent enough adventure.
I remember watching Lethal Weapon back in the day and thinking how much of a badass Sgt. Martin Riggs was: A loose-cannon cop on the edge that, while always over the top, never stopped being intriguing. From his fantastic chemistry with the straight-laced Murtaugh to the man's unbelievable death-wish, there was no denying the impact that Martin Riggs had on police cinema as a whole. Flash-forward to 1998 and I'm sitting through a screening of Lethal Weapon 4; Riggs is still his own worst enemy, Murtaugh is still as straight-laced as ever (if not more so) and, well, I'm bored. While Lethal Weapon 4 was decent entertainment, there was no denying that it faltered when compared to not only the original three, but also the newer bad-boy cops in town from John McClane to Bud White. Now I know this is quite a digression from the subject at hand, but it's one of the best ways I can describe Hudson Entertainment's Miami Law: just like Lethal Weapon 4, it's tired, occasionally trite, and probably nothing you haven't seen before -- but all in all it's decent enough entertainment.
Here comes the fuzz...
Miami Law places players in the five-o-clock shadow of hard-boiled cop-on-the-edge Law Martin, a loose cannon detective for the Miami PD that will stop at nothing to avenge his dead partner -- even if it means getting himself killed in the process. Law's world is turned upside down when sexy and straight-laced FBI Agent Sara Starling is assigned as his partner, and the unlikely duo are tasked with bringing down a group of biological weapon-wielding drug dealers (take it with a grain of salt.) Miami Law's ridiculous plot is unmistakably a melting pot of outrageous cop drama cliches, but that's not to say it isn't executed without plenty of high-octane pizzazz.
Miami Law plays out like a digital novel much in the vein of Phoenix Wright and Hotel Dusk with most of the story told through chunks of scrolling text, broken up every now and then with the occasional investigation or mini-game. The game's script was spearheaded by fan favourite Victor Ireland who really brings a personal and lively touch to the game's dialogue and descriptions. In this sense, Miami Law undoubtedly feels like an action-packed cop drama when it wants to. The rest of the time, it feels more like a direct-to-DVD movie of the week - corny one-liners and obvious plot-twists notwithstanding. Even with Ireland and company's quick-witted dialogue, charm alone isn't enough to save Law's tiresome plot and cookie-cutter characters from a rather redundant, and oftentimes tiring experience.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 2 Sony Xperia XZ review: turbo-charged last-gen phone
- 3 Sony X9300D and X8500D UHD 4K TV review
- 4 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
- 5 Moto X Force review: Leading features from a mid-range phone
Latest News Articles
- This week in games: Diablo 4 whispers, Civilization VI launch
- The Nintendo Switch is a radical mash-up of consoles and gaming handhelds
- Halo Wars 2 hands-on preview: Blitz mode's thrilling twists could trigger an RTS revival
- The Xbox One's first email app is here, and it's not Outlook
- This week in games: Tyranny snags a release date, polygonal Lara Croft returns
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- Japan Robot, gadget and car expo slideshow
- Panasonic DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review: Best all-round TV ever?
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSenior Middleware SpecialistNSW
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Functional Consultant Advanced Warehouse ManagementACT
- FTMobile DeveloperNSW
- FTBackup Engineer with Commvault ExperienceNSW
- CCGraduate Web DeveloperWA
- FTPeopleSoft Business Analyst x 2QLD
- CCSenior Front End DeveloperSA
- FTSoftware Development ManagerNSW
- FTProject Lead / Business Analyst | SalesforceQLD
- FTSenior Python DeveloperNSW
- CCServiceNow ConsultantNSW
- FTSystems SpecialistNSW
- FTFront End Developer / UXNSW
- CCWindows EngineerACT
- FTSENIOR .Net DEVELOPERQLD
- CCSenior Security EngineerNSW
- CCSenior Software DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Business Analyst - 12 month contract, ASAP startVIC
- CCSenior Change ManagerVIC
- CC.Net DeveloperWA
- CCSenior Technical Specialist SQL & Sybase DBAVIC
- FTIT Systems ManagerNSW
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Finance ConsultantACT
- FTAX Functional ConsultantNSW